I’ve never been good at keeping secrets, so I’m thrilled that I no longer have to keep this in: I’m going to have a baby! The ultrasound picture above was taken in November at just 8 weeks, but now that I am 14 weeks along, Baby Rambach has grown to the size of a lemon. Amazing!
I found out that I was pregnant on October 6, just a few days before the national music therapy conference. I couldn’t resist letting a few people in on my secret, including my partners in crime, Michelle Erfurt (who is also pregnant and due in less than a month!) and Kimberly Sena Moore (who was my conference roommate).
My husband Zach and I were thrilled and relieved to finally make the news “Facebook Official” last week, when we posted this photo taken on our vacation in Maui. It feels a whole lot more real now that everyone knows, and also now that I’m starting to get a little bump.
I announced the news to my students and their parents earlier this week, and while everyone was very excited and happy for me, I had a few concerned students who thought this meant I would no longer be their music therapist or teacher. I alleviated their fears immediately, though; I will most definitely be returning to work after a few weeks off this summer. The due date is June 14, less than two weeks after my 30th birthday…talk about the best birthday gift ever!
I’m so excited to be joining the “club” of music therapists who are moms and moms-to-be, not to mention that I’ll have my own personal audience at home to listen to all the songs I write :)
Yay! Congratulations! I am SO happy for you! Music therapy motherhood is so fun!
Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I couldn’t be more thrilled!
Congratulations and many blessings to you and yours!
Thanks so much, Anita!
So excited for you, Rachel! You are going to make a great mama!
Aww, thank you Kristen!!
Congratulations to you and your family! Ya’ll will be great parents. :)
You are so sweet to say that…thanks Amanda!
Awww, yay!! Congrats, Rachel!
Thank you, Stephanie!! :)
Rachel!!! Congrats! I’m trying to resist, but I’m going to give you some unsolicited advice. (You’ll be getting lots, as I’m sure you’ve learned from Michelle :-) Plan a FULL six weeks off, just like someone who was traditionally employed. You (and the little one) will really be thankful you did!
Thank you so much, Kathy! Yes, Michelle has warned me, and I appreciate all advice — solicited or not ;) Yes, I am planning on taking about 6 weeks off from everything; I’m sure it will be much needed!
Congrats Rachel! You are so right that music therapy and motherhood are a great combination. My daughter grew up in the “business”….helping me move instruments, testing out songs/activities, assisting me in non-therapeutic group settings, keeping me up to date with “age-appropriate” music, etc. It’s been such a fun ride and we’ve shared so many great memories. I know your child will feel the love and warmth in your home full of music!
Wow..Congratulations! I’m so glad to know about it..as a mother I know how it feels..”I love to hear, I love to sing its worth,sounds like music to my ear.Little one in my womb, you’re my inspiration in composing children’s songs full of emotions and education”…Congrats to both of you.
Thank you so much! And I LOVE those lyrics — so, so true! All the best to you, too :)